JCC’s Innovative Approach to Hands-on Learning
As an innovative provider of children’s education and services, JCC Chicago continues to excel in contemporary education by bringing the Garoon Gateway to Science to Lake County. This landmark facility, the only Jewish outdoor science park in North America, allows JCC to utilize their expertise in informal education and extend the benefit of the unique JCC experiential learning approach to all Gateway visitors. JCC has developed curricula to maximize each child’s experience in the Gateway.
“This project is in the mainstream of a world-wide movement toward experiential, outdoor, informal science education,” shares Alan Sataloff, Chief Executive Officer of JCC Chicago. “The basic premise is that children can have fun and do serious learning at the same time.”
The JCC Garoon Gateway to Science was designed with the guidance of two of the world’s leading experts in the field of experimental science education, Dr. Moshe Rishpon, director of the Clore Garden of Science at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel (the world’s first outdoor science museum), and Dr. Alan Friedman, founding director of the New York Hall of Science (New York City’s largest hands-on science and technology center).